Home Box Office had its usual strong representation, leading the way with 20 Golden Globe nominations, including one in all 11 TV categories, but FX grabbed the second-most nominations among cable networks.
All told, cable grabbed 33 of the 56 nominations, leaving 21 for broadcast and a pair for PBS projects.
FX copped a half-dozen nominations for the foreign-press awards soiree, which will be televised on NBC Jan. 16.
Plastic-surgeon drama Nip/Tuck was nominated for drama series, while FX notched a trio of actor, drama series chances: Michael Chiklis for gritty cop show The Shield, Julian McMahon for Nip/Tuck and Denis Leary for firehouse show RescueMe.
Completing FX’s Golden Globe nods: Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck) for actress, drama series, and Jamie Foxx for actor in miniseries/movie for his lead role in Redemption. Foxx also received film nominations for actor, musical or comedy for Ray and supporting actor for Collateral.
HBO had a pair of nominations in the drama-series competition with its rookie Western Deadwood and the fifth and penultimate season of The Sopranos. Those shows will not only try to slice up Nip/Tuck for laurels, but Fox’s serial suspense thriller, 24, which won last year, and ABC’s Wednesday-night sensation, Lost.
Similarly, the premium powerhouse earned a couple of comedy bids with the last season of Sex and the City and the freshman turn of Entourage. Their competition: NBC veteran Will & Grace, Fox Emmy Award-winner Arrested Development and ABC’s sleazy cynosure Desperate Housewives.
In addition to the FX trio, Ian McShane, who plays Deadwood’s lecherous bordello proprietor, Al Swearengen, is up for actor in drama series, along with James Spader for ABC’s Boston Legal.
Edie Falco’s Carmella Soprano portrayal earned HBO a nomination for actress, drama, where she joins Richardson, Christine Lahti for The WB Television Network’s Jack & Bobby, Jennifer Garner for ABC’s Alias and Mariska Hargitay for NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
On HBO’s funny talent side, Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) were nominated. Tony Shalhoub was nominated again for USA Network’s Monk.
Cable grabbed four of the five nominations in the miniseries or movie category: Showtime’s The Lion in Winter was joined by HBO’s The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Iron Jawed Angels and Something the Lord Made, as well as PBS’ American Family: Journey of Dreams.
Hilary Swank garnered a nomination for actress in a miniseries or movie for her work in Iron Jawed Angels. Glenn Close (The Lion in Winter) and Julianna Margulies (Turner Network Television’s The Grid) also give cable representation in this category.
Cable made it a clean sweep in the actor, movie segment. Mos Def (Something the Lord Made) and Geoffrey Rush (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) were HBO’s entries. They join FX’s Foxx (Redemption), William H. Macy (TNT’s The Wool Cap) and Patrick Stewart (The Lion in Winter)
The industry also has the odds in its favor when it comes to supporting actress, miniseries, movie or series, claiming four of the five nominations. Drea De Matteo (The Sopranos), Angelica Huston (Iron Jawed Angels), Oscar winner Charlize Theron (The Life andDeath of Peter Sellers) and Emily Watson (Sellers) will try to fend off Nicollette Sheridan in Desperate Housewives.
As for the guys, Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Jeremy Piven (Entourage) and Oliver Platt (Showtime’s Huff) are up against William Shatner in ABC’s Boston Legal and Sean Hayes in Will & Grace.